Volume 75, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This article presents an evaluation of the community perception of the recently implemented School Based Health Program, which delivered anthelmintics to 96,000 schoolchildren in Sanliurfa, Turkey. One hundred forty-four parents and 140 teachers were interviewed through questionnaires, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews. The evaluation indicated that most of the parents and teachers reported that the program was beneficial as it led to improvement in children’s health and well being. The evaluation also indicated that 99% of the parents and 98.4% of the teachers approved of the teacher’s role in this program. Nearly all of the teachers and parents showed willingness to continue the program in the future and 75% of the parents indicated willingness to pay for the drugs. The evaluation also highlighted that there were critical issues for the successful implementation of the program such as the issue of educating illiterate mothers, higher involvement of families in the mass treatment process, ability to reach a larger number of school absentees, and overcoming the prejudice against externally funded measures, which are perceived by some of the members of the community as an experiment run by foreigners on the local population and the concern of some parents that anthelmintic drug (mebendazole) might cause sexual sterility.


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  • Received : 06 Jun 2006
  • Accepted : 07 Aug 2006

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